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Southern California police look for possible links to Cleveland serial-killer suspect

November 10, 2009 |  6:56 am

The FBI said it will investigate whether a Cleveland man accused of being a serial killer might have committed crimes in the Camp Pendleton area when he was stationed at the base.

Anthony Sowell, 50, is suspected of killing at least 11 people in Cleveland. During a military stint, Sowell was stationed in Camp Pendleton for a few days in January 1985. The FBI has decided to check for possible victims in Southern California and other places where Sowell was stationed while in the military.

"We'll put a timeline together and start looking at that," FBI spokesman Scott Wilson told the North County Times.

Oceanside police said they were looking though their files for any possible cases, and The Times reported that Coronado police were investigating a woman's claim that she was raped, possibly by Sowell.

Sowell also was stationed in Japan, North Carolina and South Carolina. Police in North Carolina also are checking for crimes possibly linked to Sowell.

-- Shelby Grad